Divine Liturgy in English every Saturday at 9am.

St Andrew Russian Orthodox Church

6465 54th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33709

St. Catherine the Great Martyr 

Orthodox Mission

Tropar - Tone 4

With thy virtues, as with the rays of the sun, thou didst enlighten the unbelieving philosophers; and like the most radiant moon shining on those who walk at night, thou didst drive away the darkness of unbelief. Thou didst bring the empress to faith and didst denounce the tyrant, O divinely elect bride. O blessed Catherine, with desire thou didst make haste to the heavenly bridal chamber, to Christ the most comely Bridegroom, and by Him has thou been crowned with a royal crown. Standing with the angels before Him, do thou pray for us who keep thy most honored memory.

Kondak - Tone 2

O ye who love the martyrs, raise up an honored chorus in godly manner; honoring the most wise Catherine; for in the arena she preached Christ and trod upon the serpent, putting down the knowledge of the rhetors.

His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York

Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan

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Christ is in our midst!

Just as I was wondering what to say in this email, I read this in under today’s date in the Prologue. St. Andrew the Fool for Christ was celebrated yesterday, the day after the celebration of the Protection of the Mother of God, for he was found worthy of the vision of the Queen of Heaven spreading out her omophor and interceding for the Church. 

 

The vision below is also most beneficial. It reminds us, not only that we should not judge a book by it’s cover, but that it is quite dangerous to judge by appearances alone. Judgement belongs to God alone as only God sees what is in the heart of a man. 

 

It also serves to remind us what we should desire. Most men, including, sadly, most Orthodox Christians, would prefer, in many ways, to be like this rich man, not realizing how wretched he is. St. Paul tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil. The world around us bears witness that this is so. Yet, we still desire it. What we should desire, as the Lord Christ teaches, are incorruptible riches, riches which beautify the soul, riches which can be born with us after our repose. These are the virtues and are easily overlooked for, not only are they rarely sought after these days, they are frequently despised. The mother of all virtue is humility, so those who have any virtue, great or small, do what they can to hide or at least downplay any virtue that others may perceive them to have. Of the many sins of the rich man, the sins of the flesh are emphasized, as they are particularly ruinous. 

REFLECTION

A vision of St. Andrew: Walking one day along the streets of Constantinople, St. Andrew saw a large, splendid procession. A rich man had just died, and his funeral procession was majestic. However, when Andrew looked more closely, he saw many black figures capering around the corpse with joy: some laughing like prostitutes, others barking like dogs, others grunting like swine, and others pouring a foul liquid over the body of the deceased. They all mocked the processional chanters, saying: "You are chanting over a dog!" Astonished, Andrew wondered what this man had done in his life. Glancing around, he saw a handsome youth standing by a wall and weeping. "For the sake of the God of heaven and earth, tell me the reason for your weeping!" he said, and the youth replied that he was the guardian angel of the deceased. The dead man had grievously offended God by his sins, and had rejected the counsels of his angel. He had completely given himself over to the black devils. The angel said that that man had been a great and unrepentant sinner: he had been a liar, a despiser of men, a miser, a perjurer and a libertine, who had defiled three hundred souls by his debauchery. He had been honored by the emperor and respected by men, but all in vain. The great funeral retinue was also in vain. Death had caught up with the rich man in his unrepentant state, and the harvest had come to him suddenly.

If nothing else, read the Prologue daily. It’s best to purchase a copy, but it is free online.

 

We shall chant the Akathist Hymn to St. Nicholas after the Divine Liturgy on Saturday.

 

Our weekly Bible Study has resumed. We are discussing the Epistle of James, chapter 4.

 

Please pray for all those who are ill, especially with coronavirus, and those working for their salvation (recovery).

Saturday, October 17         - Hieromartyr Hierotheus, bishop of Athens. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm. 

Sunday, October 18            - The Martyr Christina of Amisus. Divine Liturgy at 10am.

Friday, October 23              - The Holy Elders of Optina Monestary. Moleban at 8:30am.

 

Saturday, October 24          - The Holy Apostle Philip of the Seventy. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm. 

Sunday, October 25            - The Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. Divine Liturgy at 10am.

Saturday, October 31          - The Holy Apostle Evangelist Luke. St. Peter of Cetinje. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm. 

Sunday, November 1          -  St. John of Kronstadt. Divine Liturgy at 10am.

Reminder: We are concelebrating with Fr. Igor and the faithful of St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church, - 6465 54th Ave. N., - St. Petersburg, whose gracious hospitality is ever appreciated.

 

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If you live in the greater Tampa Bay area and are interested in Orthodoxy or would like to help in establishing a traditional Orthodox parish in English

please call 727-239-9186 and leave a message or e-mail me at frstevofl@gmail.com.

I'd love to hear from you! 

 

Our Purpose

Fr. Stephen Zaremba

We are convinced that many today earnestly seek the ancient Christian Faith. It does not need to be rediscovered or reinvented. It is here -now. Always has been, always will be. It is our conviction that there are many who seek the true Life, the true Light, who seek to receive the heavenly Spirit, to worship the undivided Trinity. They are unknowingly Orthodox in heart; they yearn for Orthodoxy yet do not know that it even exists. 

 

The Orthodox Faith is what has been believed by everyone everywhere from the beginning. It is not a religion, it is a way of life, it is life in Christ. It is open to all.

Why the Russian Orthodox Church? Because the Russian Orthodox Church has a rich history of missionary work, spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.

Several Russian Orthodox Saints worked to enlighten America with the Gospel of Christ, beginning in Alaska where a great multitude of native Alaskans were brought to Christ. Among them are St. Herman of Alaska, St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Apostle to

Twenty- nine thousand churches have been opened in twenty-eight years. That’s one thousand a year or three a day. Russia is rediscovering it’s rich Christian heritage and once again becoming a Christian country.

This rekindling of Russian Orthodox piety is resulting in the renewal of missionary ferver throughout the world.

 

Being the one Holy, Catholic (which means universal and should not be confused with being Roman) and Apostolic Church, the Orthodox Church has always sought to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And while the Orthodox Church is often associated with the ethnic communities who brought the Faith with them from their homelands, one does not need to be Russian, Greek, Serbian, Syrian or any other ethnicity. One only needs the desire to embrace the Gospel, to encounter Christ.

We are looking for persons/families who wish to learn to live the life in Christ and form an Orthodox Christian community in the St. Petersburg, FL area. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Stephen at frstevofl@gmail.com or call him at 727-239-9186.

 

As Philip once told Nathaniel: Come and see!

America, St. Innocent of Alaska and St. Jacob of Alaska (a native Alaskan). This was, of course, before the onslaught of godless communism, but has been rediscovered after the collapse of communism as churches are being renewed, rebuilt and new ones opened throughout Russia.

The following was a letter to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (d.138AD) from the Athenian Orator Aristides in which he depicts how the Early Christians lived. This is how Christianity conquered the world. This is how it will do so again...

“The Christians know and trust God…They placate those who oppress them and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies. Their wives are absolutely pure, and their daughters modest. Their men abstain from unlawful marriage and are free from all impurity: If any of them have bondwomen or children, they persuade them to become Christians for the love they have toward them; and when they become so, they call them without distinction brothers…They love one another: They do not refuse to help the widows. They rescue the orphan from him who does him violence. He who has, gives ungrudgingly to him who has not. If they see a stranger; they take him to their dwellings and rejoice over him as over a real brother; for they do not call themselves brothers after the flesh, but after the Spirit and in God…If any one among them is poor and needy; and they do not have food to spare, they fast for two or three days, that they may supply him with necessary food. They scrupulously obey the commands of their Messiah. Every morning and every hour they thank and praise God for His loving-kindness toward them…Because of them there flows forth all the beauty that there is in the world. But the good deeds they do, they do not proclaim in the ears of the multitude, but they take care that no one shall perceive them. Thus they labor to become righteous…Truly, this is a new people and there is something divine in them.”

 
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